Am I the only former iPhone owner who made the switch and is very disappointed?
I have owned every model iPhone from the 1st Gen to the 3GS. I've been a Mac user since 1984 and I currently own 5 Macs, but I live on all of the Google apps from Gmail, Docs and especially Google Voice.
When the Google voice app was rejected from the app store I gave it 90 days to appear or I said I would move to an Android based phone. Well, it took me longer than 90 days... but 2 weeks ago I ordered a Nexus One.
I absolutely LOVE the Google Voice tie in with the Nexus One, but I have to admit, that is the ONLY thing that I like about this phone better than my old 3GS.
Things I hate about the N1. Every "con" I list below is blown out of the water by the iPhone 3GS.
#1. The screen is terrible when viewing outside here in Arizona. Most of the time I have to shield the entire phone with my body from the sun and even then it's still not very viewable. I NEVER had any issues using my iPhone in the sun at any time.
#2 The screen "smudges" are impossible to get rid of. I probably have to clean this phone 2-3 times a day so it does not look like someone slobbered all over it.
#3. The Facebook app is total crap, it's an embarrassment when compared to the iPhone app and even other non Android based apps. Most of the graphics in the rest of the apps (but not all) make me feel like I am using a late 80's console game system. The screen is so beautiful (when used inside) why can't developers take advantage of it and produce decent animations and graphics?
#4. Podcast apps are a joke, none of them even come close to the basic podcast features and playback of the iPhone. They all feel very clunky and not refined at all.
#5. The default keyboard is terrible and very inaccurate. I've also tried every 3rd party keyboard I can find and have wasted my money on every one. The touch accuracy of the N1 when compared to the iPhone 3GS is a joke.
Now, I am sure I will get flamed here and called an *****. I really don't care as I won't be responding to this post. I really want to like the N1 and Android, I really do.... But in it's current form I cannot suggest this phone to anyone and suggest if you are a current iPhone user then stick with your iPhone until the Android OS/Hardware improves.
I've now moved back to my iPhone 3GS for full time use and only use the N1 to play with from time to time.
I'm very disappointed.
- 03-31-2010, 03:02 PM #2
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- 03-31-2010, 03:20 PM #5
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- 03-31-2010, 03:32 PM #6
Well, return it or sell it online. Your post is very subjective. If you didn't have someone you knew personally with an N1 to test it before you bought it, then you have no one to blame but yourself. CLEARLY, you didn't research before buying it.
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- 03-31-2010, 03:41 PM #7
Sorry to hear that you've had these problems. If you are going to use it to kind of futz around with, have you thought of rooting it and seeing how it works out with a different ROM on it?
No reason to flame you for a personal choice. It works from some and doesn't for others.Witty euphemism, clever pun.
- 03-31-2010, 03:54 PM #8
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The screen has its draw backs and that s the main one. Facebook, in way to busy to be on Facebook and social media is lame anyway. Podcast I can completely agree. Keyboard I have to disagree on because although it took a little longer to get comfortable with compared to my iPhone I can now type just as fast and as accurate. I know a few people that feel like you although I think you coming from a iPhone for such a long time might be a little biased and rightfully so. To me the nexus trump the iPhone for my needs. I use mine for business, its hands down better for it. The Android OS is amazing and its really in its infant state. Apple has always been a little more refined and polished. The next iPhone is going to be the ticket. I'm happy with mine although I find the little issues just that. Little. Sorry you feel that way but trays why we have choices. Look at the bright side. You have the two best phones on the market right now. Enjoy.
I'm not worried about the money spent, believe me I don't have to worry about spending $500. I'm disappointed in the phone no matter what the cost.
As far as research I did do extensive research before purchasing the phone, but the vast majority of the opinions on the phone were positive. You are right, my opinions are subjective, but I think the points I made in my first post are hard to disagree with.
Even though I can return the phone if I wanted to, I will keep it to play around with and maybe root it and play with a few roms, but will not be using it on a daily basis.
I only posted my opinions on switching from the iPhone and they are just that, my opinions. Take it or leave it, I just wanted to voice my concerns as anyone else is also able to do here.
- 03-31-2010, 03:58 PM #10
Overall, it's not the iPhone itself that made me switch over to Android, it was the whole "walled garden" aspect of Apple and how they lock all their products down. I too lost my Goggle Voice app. That really pi$$ed me off to.
Personally, I am still on the fence. I may still return my N1 and go back to the iPhone - not sure yet.
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- 03-31-2010, 04:01 PM #11
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you are not the only one and i am considering returning it as well.
1. screen in the daylight
2. touchscreen accuracy and touchscreen occasionally goes haywire
3. lack of exchange calendar integration
4. lack of ability to change fonts....
5. keyboard accuracy
what i like
2. email is much better than iphone especially if you have more than one acct
3. widgets and themes... just wish they were better. so much potential here
i am thinking if i do cyanogen's mod a lot of things will get better but i think the screen is seriously lacking. if it was subsidized and cost 200 i would probably keep it.
- 03-31-2010, 04:04 PM #12
- 03-31-2010, 04:18 PM #13
You had a 14 day window to play with it - if the screen didn't work in the Arizona sun (a problem with AMOLEDs that had been mentioned by every blog under the sun in their N1 reviews), you should have returned it and tried your luck with a different device.
I guess what it all boils down to is this. If you have an iPhone and are making the switch you will probably be disappointed in many aspects of the phone. Will you be disappointed enough to go back to your iPhone? I'm guessing most will. On the other hand I don't know of very many people who switch to an iPhone and then regret it and want to switch back to their old phone. But I'm hearing this more and more from iPhone to N1 switchers.
That's (in my opinion) the problem. While the N1 is a very good smartphone, it is still a distant #2 when compared to the iPhone. Every smart phone (for the next few years at least) will be compared to the iPhone and the iPhone has a huge head start in form and function. Maybe one day another phone will be just as good (or better) than the iPhone, but unfortunately I don't see that day coming anytime soon.
As stated before, I'm not upset about spending the $500. My post is not about if I can return the phone or not. My post is expressing my disappointment in the phone period. Being able to return the phone is not the point of my post.
- 03-31-2010, 04:37 PM #16
I've lost the point of this diatribe, so I'm cutting it short here.Witty euphemism, clever pun.
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- 03-31-2010, 05:14 PM #18
Auto brightness has not helped me. Maybe it's just the Arizona sun, who knows. I wish it did as this and the terrible keyboard / touchscreen accuracy are my two main complaints. If I could get these two things even close to the iPhone then I would stick with the N1.
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- 03-31-2010, 07:23 PM #24
I actually got used to the keyboard fairly quickly. I do agree with the comment regarding the screen. I was done with the iphone about a year ago when I attempted to listen to Pandora and surf the web. Then when I attempted to find a way to set a background. All of which led me to Jailbreak, giving solutions that felt half baked. In the end, my conclusion was an iphone was nothing but a good app launcher. If that's what's you want cool, but some of us prefer the option to personalize our phones, and the iphone just isn't for that. So I moved to a Pre, then to the Nexus One. I say this to say that for every glaring con you can come up with regarding the Nexus, you can find similar glaring cons with the iphone, so I don't really see the point of being so upset. You should be happy that you verified the iphone is the phone for "YOU".
- 03-31-2010, 08:18 PM #25